"Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome", Rosenstein said in a statement back then. "My thought is more it's somebody like Newt Gingrich floating it because he's got a book coming out".
As Mueller begins to build his team to investigate allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and Donald Trump's political team to undermine the 2016 election, the president's conservative allies are digging in to discredit Mueller, who was appointed as special counsel by Trump's own Justice Department.
Mr Ruddy was at the White House on Monday to meet with White House aides, but did not speak with the president, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. "I think firing Mueller could trigger an impeachment process". Asked whether he felt Trump's behavior amounts to obstruction of justice, he replied: "I don't know, that's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out".
"It makes sense to point out any level of bias, to highlight any biases inherent in Mueller and this probe in order to force him to be transparent", Gingrich said.
Rep. Charlie Dent called Mueller "a very distinguished man [with] impeccable credentials".
Even so, Gingrich said, Trump won't seek to dismiss Mueller because he's confident the probe will conclude he's done nothing wrong.
But Rosenstein made it very clear how that would go.
On May 17, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein named Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe and possible connection between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation. This left Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in charge of all things Russia-related, and it was Rosenstein who, in May, appointed Mueller to lead the investigation.
Collins' question wasn't the only time the Mueller investigation came up during Rosenstein's hearing on Capitol Hill.
Asked what he would do if Trump ordered him to fire Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any order unless I believe they are lawful and appropriate orders".
The president has railed against the Russian Federation investigation, which was taken over by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller last month, as a "witch hunt". "They say it's unlikely. problem for White House officials saying Trump won't fire Mueller, as Ruddy said may happen, is they have little idea what he will do". He talked about a - how the country should be unified, said the country is at its best when we come together. Bob Corker said Tuesday.
His comments appeared to take the White House by surprise. This suggests that Trump might be wary of taking such action, as it would create enormous backlash against him, likely from even some of his staunchest supporters.
At least of Mueller's special counsel team have donated to Democratic presidential campaigns and organizations. She said such a move would "destroy any shred of trust in the president's judgment that remains over here". Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is widely respected on both sides of the aisle, something that's pretty tough to do in Washington nowadays.style="text-align: center;"